Are You Exhausted?
Tomorrow is the first day of vacation for me in 2020 (even though I won't be travelling). As I embark on this coming week away from Broadway Church, my primary intentions are rest and reset. This year has held no shortage of work, no shortage of emotions, challenges, joy, grief, tears, and laughter. Each moment has carried in it lifetimes of love and fear. It has been a lot.
In her book, Sacred Rest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith outlines seven types of rest: physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, and creative. She also says, "Fatigue is an invitation to rest."
Inspired by her work, I'm noticing fatigue and which types of rest are needed. As I move through this week of rest, I'll stay present to the energy levels in my body, moving with the flow of fatigue. Fatigue is not a problem I'm trying to solve - it is a signal that rest could feel good. Listening to my body helps me feel closer to God.
My intention is for this week of deep listening to reset some harmful patterns of self neglect that have set in during this pandemic.
I invite you to join me in this journey of paying attention to fatigue, allowing yourself rest and recovery. There is a tremendous amount of information and crisis to be worried about, to be processing constantly. Give yourself space and time to recover - it is a sacred practice.